Just before the start of the new year, Somalia’s President Mohammad Abdulahi Farmaajo sought to arrest and remove from power Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohammad Hussein Roble.

This move added a layer of instability on top of an already fragile political and security situation. Somalia is in the midst of a constitutional and electoral crisis, including elections that have been long delayed and President Farmaajo’s decision to remain in office after his term expired last year. Meanwhile, the Al Shabaab insurgency is still raging–the Al Qaeda linked group controls much of the Somali countryside.

On the line from Mogadishu is journalist Sakariye Cissman, who explains the current state of Somalia’s political, constitutional and electoral crises.

 

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